TITANIC EFFORT… Not content with standing on his doorstep and making awkward eye contact with his neighbours every Thursday evening, Liverpool artist Alan Murray came up with a colourful way to thank the NHS for its hard work during the last few months. His 11ft sculpture of the Titanic, situated on Mills Street, was first unveiled in 2012 and has now undergone a multicoloured makeover as a tribute to those who have risked their lives to keep us safe. Murray said: “The piece was originally created to commemorate the 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. The council asked me to give it a touch-up and I thought it was a good opportunity to say thank you. We are all being affected and hopefully if you are a doctor or care worker on your way into the city, it will give you a little boost.”

Civic Engineers Green

CIVIC PRIDE…Continuing on the rainbow theme, Manchester-based Civic Engineers has managed to achieve the unthinkable. While the rest of us are sitting around in our pyjamas the Civic team has not only succeeded in getting dressed every day this week but has also been able to colour-coordinate their outfits. During ‘Rainbow Week’, the firm began Monday in red before donning pink on Tuesday. Yellow on Wednesday in a nod to the scorching weather was followed by green yesterday. Head to Twitter to see which colour they have plumped for today and, while you’re there, why not pop a few quid in the pot?

BALL SKILLS…CBRE’s Manchester office showed off its sporting prowess with the latest instalment of the firm’s ‘Don’t Drop the Ball’ challenge. The Liverpool office laid down the gauntlet earlier this month having displayed its own ability to juggle a variety of different objects, culminating in a satisfying punt up the M62 from agent Andy Byrne to finish things off. The baton has now been booted over the Pennines to the Leeds office. No pressure, guys. 

Studio John Bridge Furniture 2

SWANKY CHAIRS…The isolation brought about by working from home has plunged many of us into a state of perpetual yearning. We yearn for our friends, our colleagues, the banter that simply cannot be recreated on a crackly zoom call. But most of all we yearn for our offices. Preston-based architect Studio John Bridge has taken a look at our gnarled spines, wobbly desks and rickety chairs and decided enough is enough. It has launched a new range of interlocking plywood furniture, made without screws or glue, in the hope of adding a touch of style to our cobbled-together home offices. 

Shannon Conway Glenbrook

CON-VERT…It takes a lot to admit you’re wrong but that’s exactly what Glenbrook’s residential director Shannon Conway did when she plucked up the courage to attend a Women in Property North West event a few years ago having spent most of her career actively avoiding them. Find out more about Conway’s transformation from sceptic to true believer on Place North West’s latest podcast, I’m not a feminist, but… released next week. 

SUN BLOCK…Never disturb a sunbather. That statement should be enshrined into law, such is the relative scarcity of vitamin D in this country. Still, we have been spoiled recently and Brits up and down the country have been flocking en masse to their gardens and balconies to bask in the glorious rays of that elusive ball of gas. Never has a south-facing backyard been so coveted, but if you have a mischievous crane operator nearby, geography counts for nothing, as this video shows. 

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